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TSN’s trade bait board presents plenty of Leafs scenarios

In the first offseason trade bait board presented by Frank Seravalli of TSN, there are just fifteen names listed as the most likely players to be dealt this summer. Former Leaf and two-time Cup champion Phil Kessel heads up the list, which isn’t surprising considering most hockey media are bracing for the Penguins to do…

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How about we give William Nylander a mulligan and see what 2019-20 brings?

I’m trying to think of which is more foolish, writing off a player that was considered possibly the third best player on the roster heading into last season¬†OR pretending that you were perfectly satisfied with the performance delivered from William Nylander last season? Granted that second one seems to largely be a hyperbolic backlash to…

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How Close is Mason Marchment to Getting an NHL Opportunity?

If there’s one prospect in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization whose skillset is somewhat of a liaison between the differing philosophies that Mike Babcock and Kyle Dubas have when it comes bottom-six personnel, it’s Mason Marchment. Standing at 6’4 204 lbs, size is far from the only thing Marchment brings to the table. He has…

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Who will be back next year? – The defense/goalies

With the Leafs season now over, we look ahead to the draft and free agency as the big events left on the Leafs schedule for the 2018-19 season. Now that the big three plus Tavares all have or will need their big contracts, the cap crunch is coming, and combine that with a disappointing playoff…

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He’s here for a long time, not a good time: The Nikita Zaitsev Story

What more can we say about Nikita Zaitsev that hasn’t been said repeatedly on this site throughout the year? He’s been underwhelming. He’s not a top four defenseman. He’s overpaid. He’s probably not going anywhere unless the Leafs get a little creative and they probably should. Season Recap It was the third year of the…